| Lyna Mohamad |
BRUNEI Politeknik achieved a milestone yesterday with its first convocation ceremony at the Chancellor Hall of Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD).
A total of 582 graduates from the first and second intakes received their diplomas from the Minister of Education, Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Haji Awg Abu Bakar bin Haji Apong.
In his welcoming speech, the Acting Director of Brunei Politeknik, Denis Ho Mun Tai, said the number of respondents involved in the Graduates Tracing Study (as of January 8) stood at 503 – 87 per cent of 582 graduates of Brunei Polytechnic.
The study showed the 79 per cent of the graduates had landed jobs or furthered their studies. Of this number, 79 per cent of them are employed in the private sector.
This was a positive sign in line with the government’s effort to encourage the youth to work in the private sector, he added.
“Brunei Politeknik will continue to work on its graduates’ employability by collaborating with the relevant industries.
“We have worked hard towards providing our students with education relevant to the current needs of the industry.”
Since the politeknik began the first of its programmes at its temporary campus in Ong Sum Ping, it has gone through various developments including consent from His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam to establish the ‘Perintah Politeknik Brunei 2014’.
His Majesty also consented to the setting-up of the Board of Governance in October last year.
At the same time, the number of officers, lecturers and staff members has also steadily increased.
“We are well aware of the importance of relevant skills in supporting the nation’s economic development.
“We will work towards diversifying programmes, particularly in the fields of science and engineering.
“As a newcomer among the nation’s higher learning institutions, Brunei Politeknik aspires to produce innovative, skilled, competitive and knowledgeable graduates,” Ho said.
The acting director added that the institution had identified 10 programmes under its Five-Year Strategic Plan.
The plan is aimed at providing opportunities to secondary school and technical education institution leavers to pursue their studies through various programmes.
Yesterday’s convocation also saw the minister presenting the Best Achievement Award to nine graduates.
Another six received the Academic Excellence Award while a graduate received Excellence in the Enrichment Programme.
Established in January 2012, Brunei Politeknik was set out to boost the nation’s human resources development, particularly in technical and vocational educations.
The politeknik has three schools offering various academic programmes, namely the School of Business, School of Information and Communication Technology and the School of Science and Engineering.
All programmes offered at the politeknik lead to a qualification of Advanced Diploma, which is equivalent to Higher National Diploma and accredited by the Ministry of Education via the Brunei Darussalam National Accreditation Council (BDNAC).